The Little Book of Boxing

This really is a  “little” book! A series of short vignettes, the book covers several centuries of boxing history. As GoodReads puts it, Boxing has a long and eventful history and its drama, excitement and humor are covered in this fascinating account of the noble—and sometimes ignoble—art all over the world. It covers the bare-knuckle…

Another Brooklyn

Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part…

The Girl on the Train

I’m sure you’ve read enough reviews on The Girl on the Train, so I promise I will not go there exactly.  This is more of an expression of feelings about Paula Hawkins’ book. I did enjoy it and buzzed right through it (OK, it took me a few weeks, but you have to understand: I’m a high school…

Dead by Sunset

I don’t typically read true crime books. In fact, I think I was a young teen the last time I read one. I don’t remember anything about it except that it had to do with a gruesome murder in the woods and that it was wildly inappropriate for my age (which was at least 90%…

Motionless Journey

As long as space endures, and as long as sentient beings exist, may I, too, remain to dispel the misery of the world. (Shantideva) I picked up this book over two months ago expecting to zoom through it. It is, after all, practically a picture book: gigantic vistas partnered with a few lines of poetry…

Yes Please!

I went into Yes Please expecting to laugh hysterically as I turned each page. That did not happen. It took me a good chunk of the book to realize that I had unrealistic expectations. The book was funny, don’t get me wrong, but if you were expecting this to be like one of her movies or…

What I am reading…

Ian Graham is no Michael Farquhar or Eleanor Herman, but I am glad I didn’t give up after chapter one. Graham’s style is a bit chronologically impaired and I wish he would in-text site (and use more primary texts), but even so I am learning about women I had previously only recognized by name or era….

Bird by Bird

This is a fabulous book. I cannot truly rave about Anne Lamott as I’ve only read two of her books and follow her on Facebook. What I can say is that if the rest of her work is as brutally honest, fantastically funny, and heart-wrenchingly real, then I don’t know why everyone’s not reading her,…

Ella Autie: A Book About Autism Written by an Autistic Person

Back in 2013, when my friend and mentor mentioned that her young daughter had published her first book, I was very pleased for her, even though I never read it. I’d known her daughter, Catlaina, since before she was born (I remember feeling her kick through Denise’s belly). Watching her and her sister grow up…

Wild

Wild was a fabulous book that I didn’t want to like. The narrator irritated me – her destructive life-path (even whilst on the trail) frustrated me, almost to the point that I quit reading. But then it hit me like a mirror. Everyone’s life is self-destructive in at least one area, who am I to judge…

The Historian

To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history… Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her…

A Walk in the Woods

This is pretty darn close to the best book I’ve ever read. No kidding, not joking. According to GoodReads, A Walk in the Woods fits 10 genres (I’m combining a few to narrow that down to and so in my so-called “review,” I will address each category with some commentary. Sound good? I hope so since you…